Ophthalmic Technician Salary

For Ophthalmic Technicians, hourly average wages total $16.06 per hour. In the world of Ophthalmic Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $25K and $48K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $1K and $5K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Ophthalmic Technicians. There are far more female Ophthalmic Technicians who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 85 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and just over two-fifths receive dental plans. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$27,446 - $53,261
(Median)
$27K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,125
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$11.65 - $22.01
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,446 - $53,261  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,241  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $4,848  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,606 - $47,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $22.01  
   
Overtime
$13.81 - $31.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,241  
   
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $4,848  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,606 - $47,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,251
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Job Description for Ophthalmic Technician

An ophthalmic technician is typically responsible for patient care and the flow of clinical activities on a daily basis. Their responsibilities generally include gathering patient history, maintaining and cleaning equipment, and returning phone calls to patients and pharmacies. An ophthalmic technician also must be able to accurately perform tests that include pupil exams, refractions, lensometer, topography, and amsler grids.

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Ophthalmic Technician Tasks

  • Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
  • Record, review and verify patient information.
  • Assist ophthalmology patients by providing information and services; patient evaluations, vision health testing, lens fitting and care orientations.
  • Counsel and educate patients by reiterating physician orders for eye care.

Common Career Paths for Ophthalmic Technician


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Ophthalmic Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Registered Nurse. The average Registered Nurse brings home $55K per year. It is not uncommon for an Ophthalmic Technician to continue on to become a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant or a Certified Ophthalmic Technician.

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Popular Skills for Ophthalmic Technician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Medicine / Surgery, Refraction, Electronic Medical Records, and Medical Photography are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Medical Terminology, Patient Counseling, and refracting. The majority of those who know Electronic Medical Records also know Medical Photography.

Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Ophthalmic Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $30K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $36K. Ophthalmic Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $42K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Ophthalmic Technicians in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Ophthalmic Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+29 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), Portland (+23 percent), and New York (+21 percent). In Tampa, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Grand Rapids and Nashville (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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What is it like working as an Ophthalmic Technician?

Ophthalmic Technician in Richardson:
"Stress Level"
Pros: Working with the public because I am a huge people person with a BIG personality. I extremely enjoy meeting new people and have a caring heart.
Cons: MEAN DOCTORS. 10+ people have come and gone since my year employment having to pick up slack. Employees who constantly are late or don't show up to work. Dealing with co-workers who don't pull their weight. Employees who create drama. Constantly being micro-managed when I clearly understand my responsibilities that do not require supervision. Extreme warm temperature when around numerous instruments.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Technician Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Technician Salaries


Refraction
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Patient Education
0%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
0%

Medical Photography
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National Average
$34,000

refracting
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Patient Counseling
up arrow 12%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 237 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 26%
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